Live in a Lighthouse
With unrivaled views, this one-bedroom, 28-foot-high antique lighthouse is a 3,600 foot dinghy ride from the mainland. Now here's something you don't see every day: A bona fide antique lighthouse that was built in 1881 and remained in service until the mid-1950s, when it sold for $1 to a former Stamford mayor. The lighthouse sold again in the 1980s—this time for $230,000—to a banker who thought the decommissioned structure would be an excellent and "cheap place to park my boat." He spent a reported $300,000 on renovations, which included a new kitchen and dock. In 2009, the 28-foot-high, cast-iron lighthouse, also known as Chatham Rock, has again hit the market, advertised as a "one-bedroom loft" just a 3,600-foot dinghy ride away from the mainland, accessed via a private, floating dock. While it appears to lack certain amenities (there is no bathroom, for instance) its views are unrivaled—the Stamford and Manhattan skylines and sunrise and sundown seascapes.